— Jamie Klingler (@jamieklingler) October 2, 2019
Marie Grover of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has celebrated many birthdays in her lifetime, and we’re pretty sure this year’s was one of the best.
The Eagles fan turned 100 on October 1, and such a special birthday called for an equally special gift. Although it was a long shot, her family thought of the perfect present for “Grandmom Grover.” And it all started with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Marie adores Johnson just as much as (if not more than) her favorite football team. So Jamie Klinger, a longtime friend of the family, tried her luck at catching the wrestler-turned-actor’s attention, hoping he would wish Marie a happy birthday.
She reached out to Johnson’s publicist and agent in the weeks leading up to the big day, but a simple tweet describing her plan was what ultimately did the trick. Johnson quickly replied asking what he could do, and Jamie suggested he make Marie a video message — which he did!
When it was finished, Johnson sent the video to Jamie, who passed it off to her best friend, Marie’s granddaughter. Then they recorded the centenarian’s adorable reaction. We see her sitting in a recliner, wearing a sash that says “100 & Fabulous.” As soon as her idol appears on-screen and starts singing “Happy Birthday,” she shrieks and laughs in disbelief.
“I’m sending so much love and a huge congratulations on 100 years. What an amazing life … I’m very happy you were born, and I’m so happy and honored to send this message,” Johnson says before blowing her a kiss. “Happy birthday!”
Marie’s ecstatic response is sure to get you smiling: “Love you right back, you Rock you!”
Jamie uploaded the sweet video on Twitter, and it went viral almost immediately. Now thousands are wishing Marie a happy birthday, and Jamie said the 100-year-old is getting a kick out of all the attention.
“It’s really all down to Dwayne and his kindness,” Jamie told BuzzFeed News. “He made an old woman so incredibly happy. I will always be grateful. She is a legend.”
This has got to be one of Marie’s favorite presents of all time. A huge shout-out to Johnson for taking the time to make her celebration so unforgettable. Happy belated birthday, Marie!
Watch as The Rock serenades Marie in the video, and share to spread the joy.
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